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DIY Home Decor ΓÇô How to Make a Frosted Mirror

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Whether you own your own home, or rent one temporarily, you likely know how expensive it can be to decorate it. One of the best ways to save money on home decorating is to take on crafty DIY home d⌐cor projects that will produce something unique. Learning how to frost a mirror is one such project. It’s simple, inexpensive, and a fun way to accent a large or small mirrored space.

If you’ve never frosted a mirror before, start by selecting a simple design stencil for your first attempt. As you learn the basics, you’ll be able to advance to a more intricate design in no time flat. Swirls, geometric shapes, or simple lettering are great stencil designs to start with.

Materials needed to make a frosted mirror:

  • Clean mirrored surface    
  • Stencil    
  • Painter’s tape        
  • Frosted glass spray    
  • Carpenter’s level    
  • Tape measurer
  • Pencil    
  • Newspaper    
  • Rubber gloves

Things to remember before beginning:

  1. Clean the surface first. Use a glass cleaner to thoroughly clean the surface before beginning. Use a lint-free rag to dry.   
  2. Don’t buy sticky-back stencils. The sticky backing on some stencils will transfer and leave a residue on the mirror. To hold the stencil in place, use painter’s tape, instead.   
  3. Work in a ventilated area. If the mirror can be taken outside, this is the best place to frost a mirror. If not, be sure to open the windows and ventilate the area while you work.

How to frost a mirror:

Step 1 –

Center the stencil. Whether you’re frosting a small area or a large one, it’s important to find the center spot and begin stenciling there. Use a tape measure to locate it, and a carpenter’s level to ensure the stencil is level on the surface. Mark the spot with a pencil (not a pen).

Step 2 –

Secure the stencil. Position the stencil and secure it with painter’s tape. If you are using more than one stencil to make a frosted mirror, go ahead and position them all in place. Use newspaper to mask off the surrounding area to prevent overspray.

Step 3 –

Apply the frosted glass spray. While wearing gloves, begin spraying the frosted glass spray in short bursts. Don’t hold the trigger down, as this will deliver too much of the spray at once and result in streaks and runs.

Step 4 –

Allow adequate dry time. Most frosted glass spray products take 30 – 60 minutes to dry completely, but let it set overnight to prevent smudging.

Once you remove the painter’s tape you may find some mistakes that need touched up. Use a safety razor to gently lift off any excess paint. Generally, using the right tools in doing any project will make your job easier. All dewalt impact drivers at impcatdriverguide.co.uk are effective, high quality and price-friendly. So make sure to buy one for your project needs and other DIY stuff.

As you can see, it is very simple to learn how to make a frosted mirror. It is a fun way to dress up a wall of mirrors, a bathroom mirror, a kitchen backsplash, or any number or areas around the home. Remember, as you gain experience you can use these skills to get creative in other DIY home d⌐cor projects, too!